IUFRO Announcements


IUFRO-Japan News No. 129

Issue No. 129 features forest education. Check articles by Alexander Buck, the Executive Director of IUFRO, and by Mariko Inoue, a finalist in the Global Competition on Best Practices in Forest Education. A third stimulating article reports on the smart increment borer (SmartborerTM, PAT. P.), sharing the author’s experience of realizing his research concept and actually developing the product.

The IUFRO-Japan (IUFRO-J) Committee, is an organization launched in 1970 to promote global and domestic partnerships in forest-related research; it cooperates with IUFRO Headquarters.

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United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world, for the benefit of people and nature. It aims to halt the degradation of ecosystems, and restore them to achieve global goals. Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity. The UN Decade runs from 2021 through 2030, which is also the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals and the timeline scientists have identified as the last chance to prevent catastrophic climate change. Led by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, The UN Decade is building a strong, broad-based global movement to ramp up restoration and put the world on track for a sustainable future. That will include building political momentum for restoration as well as thousands of initiatives on the ground. Through communications, events and a dedicated web platform, the UN Decade will provide a hub for everyone interested in restoration to find projects, partners, funding and the knowledge they need to make their restoration efforts a success.

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IUFRO News Vol. 50, Double Issue 4/5, May 2021

This issue focuses on forest biodiversity! It also offers reports from UNFF16, exciting meetings and webinars such as "Forests in Women's Hands", "3rd International Forest Policy Meeting", "Urban Forestry Days", and more…

On 22 May the world is celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity. This year's slogan is "We're part of the solution #ForNature". Read a comprehensive interview with the Coordination Team of the IUFRO ‘Forest Biodiversity' Research Group on the importance of biodiversity and the need to halt the loss of species!

At the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF16) held online from 26-29 April 2021, IUFRO had the opportunity to deliver important statements and to present findings of the latest GFEP global assessment on forests and poverty in a special side event. This side event also offered an exclusive early insight into an upcoming GFEP African policy brief. Find out more in this issue of IUFRO News!

You can also read interesting reports from recent webinars such as the one on forests roads in Japan or the one on forests in Fukushima and Chernobyl after the nuclear accidents. Of course, this issue includes plenty of information about latest publications, upcoming events and other important announcements.


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Non-IUFRO Publications


Call for Submissions: Long-Term Productivity and Landscape Processes of Mixed Conifer Forests

Submissions are invited for a Special Issue of Forests.

Mixed conifer forests are found throughout the temperate zones on a variety of landscapes in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Like most mixed species forests, mixed conifer forests exist because different species coexist in a temporal or spatial pattern. Particularly in mountainous regions, mixed conifer forests are highly heterogeneous and can vary over a short distance. Mixed species assemblages can be either seral or stable, developing under patterns of one or more disturbances or developing under a fairly specific edaphic and climatic regime. Depending on the severity of expected anthropogenic climate change effects, these assemblages may face novel conditions that upset the competitive balances that historically existed. This Special Issue will present research and operational monitoring results at scales ranging from the level of individual tree group or stand up to landscape processes. We welcome studies on (1) basic physiology and stand dynamics and (2) operational treatments and impacts that provide evidence of influences on forest resiliency and productivity.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 19 December 2021
Guest editors: Warren Keith Moser,  Rocky Mountain Research Station, US Forest Service

Position Announcements


Professor in Urban Forestry // 30 July 2021

In accordance with its development plan, the Department of Wood and Forest Sciences is looking for a professor in urban forestry whose teaching and research activities will be developed within the framework of the Chair in Urban Trees and their Environment 2020-2025, which s/he will hold. The person recruited will also be responsible for supporting the bachelor's degree program in forest management and environment and the integrated bachelor's degree in natural and managed environments.

Institution: Department of Wood and Forest Sciences, Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics, Université Laval
Closing date: 30 July 2021, at 17:00 hrs.
Duty station: Québec (Québec), Canada


IUFRO Meetings

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Other Meetings/Events


ISTF-SAF Symposium: International Trade in Wood Products: Today’s Markets

This symposium is designed for people who are knowledgeable about forestry but not necessarily with the details of international trade. The first two speakers will cover trade rather broadly to provide a background of the structure and promise of international trade in forest products today and in the near future. The program also includes speakers who will cover current critical topics, forest certification and the view of the investor. There will be time at the end of the program for questions.

Date: 1 July 2021, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT (Eastern Time - New York City)
Location: online
Organizers: International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF), International Forestry Working Group of the Society of American Foresters (SAF)


University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars


Master of Science in Tropical Forestry at TU Dresden, Germany // 31 May or 15 July 2021

You are invited to apply to the 2021 MSc Course in TROPICAL FORESTRY. The course is taught in English at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), one of the 11 German Universities of Excellence. The Master course qualifies future decision-makers and change agents to develop sustainable forest management strategies and implement development-relevant interventions in rural and peri-urban areas. The studies provide expert knowledge to handle manifold human-forest interactions and sustainable development issues. Its international orientation and socio-economic focus make this program unique in Europe. You will profit from the multidisciplinary international experience of TUD’s research scientists and lecturers. Today, over 300 graduates from our program work in private and public sectors all over the Tropics.

Date: 1 October 2021
Duration: 24 months
Venue: Dresden, Germany
Organizers: Technische Universität Dresden

Application deadlines:
1 April - 31 May (international applicants, from outside the EU)
1 April - 15 July (applicants from the EU)

Contact:  tropentutor(at)        

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding


DAAD Scholarships available for the 2021 MSc Course in Tropical Forestry at TU Dresden, Germany

You are invited to attend the MSc Course in Tropical Forestry for which there are DAAD scholarships. The course is taught in English at Technische Universitaet Dresden (TUD), one of the 11 German Universities of Excellence. Over many decades, the international orientation and socioeconomic focus have made this 2-year MSc course unique in Europe. You will benefit from the multidisciplinary international experience of our research scientists and lecturers who will also supervise your field research in the tropics. The Master course qualifies future decision-makers and change agents to develop sustainable forest management strategies and implement development-relevant interventions in rural and peri-urban areas. The studies provide expert knowledge to handle manifold human-forest interactions and sustainable development issues. In addition to socioeconomic, management and general aspects of tropical forestry, the course includes specific topics of climate change related carbon forestry, agroforestry and land use change. Excellent Master Students have later the chance to join our PhD program. Presently, over 300 graduates from our courses are working in tropical countries and international organizations, many of them in top positions. Another benefit: As public university TUD exempts students from tuition fees!

Date of MSc course: 1 June 2021 - 30 September 2023
Institution: Chair of Tropical Forestry, Technische Universität Dresden
Duty station: Dresden, Germany

Closing date: 31 October 2020 for the intake October 2021.
However, if you have own funding and don’t need a DAAD scholarship, you can start studying in the same year by submitting your application
- until 31 May 2021 (applicants from outside EU), or
- until 15 July 2021 (applicants from EU).

To apply or to get more information write to: tropentutor(at)

Fellowship Programs


Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship

Bioversity International established the Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship for research on conservation and use of forest genetic resources in sub-Saharan Africa  to honour the memory and celebrate the work of Dr Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo. The Fellowship is awarded annually to a scientist from a university or national research institute in sub-Saharan Africa, with support from the CGIAR Research Program for Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. For more information, please visit:


IUFRO Awards

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Non-IUFRO Awards


Nature Research Awards for Driving Global Impact // 21 March 2021

Science is critical in solving global challenges. In 2021 Springer Nature invites applications from early career researchers working in these areas:

  • Food security, water security and/or energy security – ensuring a long term, sustainable supply of either food, water or energy.
  • Healthcare interventions – the assessment, improvement or promotion of human health.
  • Environmental protection – protection of the natural environment on land and water including the repair of damage.
  • Climate change – slowing climate change and adapting to what’s unavoidable.
  • Sustainable cities – building green, liveable cities that last.

Organization: Nature Portfolio
Submit nomination by: 21 March 2021